As Corporate Vice President of External Research for Microsoft, Tony Hey is responsible for public-private partnerships with scientific and engineering communities, government agencies, and industry partners worldwide. At PopTech 2009, Hey discussed the critical role of citizen scientists in understanding complex data-intensive problems like climate change and galaxy formation. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Science, Collaboration, Crowdsourcing, PopTech 2009, Data
David Robertson uses LEGO's tumultuous business history to describe the delicate balance between creativity and constraints. "By putting focus and direction around innovation, that is how you turn sparks of brilliance into profitable innovation." Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Business, creativity, Innovation, PopTech 2014
2010 Science Fellow Hayat Sindi co-founded Diagnostics For All to offer point-of-care diagnostic tools micro-fabricated in paper. These technologies allow healthcare workers to monitor the treatment of the 60% of people living beyond the reach of medical infrastructures. Sindi is also an advocate for science education and careers for women in the Middle East. Drawings: Peter Durand Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Science, Health, Technology, Fellows, Science Fellows 2010, Medicine, Shorts,...
Rinku Sen, president and executive director of the Applied Research Center, is devoted to creating a more inclusive America. If we're willing to be explicit about the ways racism works around us, Sen says, we can create the society we all want to live in. Sen also publishes the ColorLines, a magazine on race and politics. (www.arc.org) Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Society, Human Rights, Justice, PopTech 2009, Activism
Nick Bilton, Lead Technology Reporter for The New York Times "Bits" blog, says that digital media has resulted in a "new form of storytelling." Bilton, who is also a designer and user interface specialist, is co-founder of NYC Resistor, a hacker collective in Brooklyn, and is currently writing a book called, I Live in the Future: & Here's How It Works. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Technology, Design, Journalism, Visualization, PopTech 2009, Data
Hailed by The Australian as the country's best modern dance company, choreographer Gideon Obarzanek's Chunky Move dazzles audiences with its use of site-specific installations and interactive sound and light technologies. Obarzanek's avant-garde performances explore the tensions between the rational world we live in and richness of our imagination. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Entertainment, Art, Music, PopTech 2009
Johanna Wellington was inspired to go into a technology career because she loves math like other people enjoy doing crossword puzzles. She started off at GE as an intern, went on to be a Combustion Design Engineer, and held several other positions before joining the Research Center in her current role as Advanced Technology Leader for Sustainable Energy where she is an expert in clean energy technologies. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Energy, Shorts, Emerging tech, Energy disruptors shorts, Energy disruptors
Assaf Biderman is the Associate Director of the SENSEable City Laboratory, an MIT university research group that explores the "real-time city" by studying how distributed technologies can be used to improve our understanding of cities and create a more sustainable ways of interacting in urban environments. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Technology, Mapping, Climate, Urbanization, Visualizations, Data, PopTech 2009,...
What makes species go extinct? Evolutionary biologist Beth Shapiro explores the influences of climate and humans in determining species extinction. By analyzing the genes of ancient plants and animals, she traces the complex relationship between environment and the extinction and evolution of species. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Science, Evolution, Living Systems DC Salon 2010, Climate, Biology
Kyna Leski is a designer and architecture professor at RISD, where she explores the craft of architecture as a design form. Artistic sensibility, she suggests, comes from the actual process of gathering, seeing, and grasping -- allowing us to "know" the world. She is also Principal at 3six0 Architecture. (www.3six0.com) Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Design, Technology, Architecture, Mind, PopTech 2009, Art
2009 PopTech Fellow Derek Lomas is director of the Playpower Foundation, a global network of developers, designers, academics, NGOs and businesses. Playpower leverages the availability of ultra-low-cost computers to create and distribute affordable, effective, and fun learning games for under-privileged children worldwide. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Technology, Education, Development, Fellows, Games, Social Innovation Fellows...
In June 2012 PopTech will convene a gathering of researchers, practitioners and thought leaders--working in fields such as international development, global business, climate adaptation, social psychology, systems ecology, emerging technology, disaster relief, community activism--for a dialogue.
Marije Vogelzang runs her own food-design laboratory, Proef. She is inspired by everything that surrounds the act of eating - from the stories and rituals surrounding food preparation to the emotional impact of the texture and color of specific foods. The result? Edible art installations that are at once provocative and intimate. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Design, Food, Body, Culture, Memory, PopTech 2009
Helen Marriage shows how to create breathtaking, city-wide art installations in places like downtown London. "These life-changing moments, the joy that you see on the faces of these audiences, that is not a frivolity." Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Art, PopTech 2013, Urbanism
Photographer Chris Jordan specializes in large-scale works that depict the magnitude of our consumerism and its impact on our environment. In one of the most emotional presentations at PopTech 2009, Jordan shares heart-wrenching images of birds killed by ingesting plastics that increasingly pollute our oceans. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Environment, Ecology, Art, PopTech 2009, Sustainability
Alan Rabinowitz overcame a debilitating stutter to lend his voice on behalf of big cats. After creating the world's first jaguar sanctuary and world's largest tiger reserve, the wildlife biologist now calls for new models of conservation that rely on wildlife corridors to allow humans and animals to coexist more peacefully. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Environment, PopTech 2010, Sustainability, Ecology, Big Systems, Activism
MIT Professor Dan Nocera believes he can solve the world's energy problems with an Olympic-sized pool of water. Nocera and his research team have identified a simple technique for powering the Earth inexpensively--by using the sun to split water and store energy--and thus making the large-scale deployment of personalized solar energy possible. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Energy, Green, Tools, Innovation, PopTech 2009, Solar, Technology
Ben Lyon founded FrontlineSMS:Credit to allow microfinance institutions to send and receive secure loan payments, track loans and develop a micro-insurance model using the ubiquitous mobile phone. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Business, Fellows, Social Innovation Fellows 2010, Development, Finance, PopTech...
Tom Darden is the Executive Director of the Make It Right Foundation, an organization founded by actor Brad Pitt to build 150 green, high design homes in New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward, a neighborhood devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Darden said he wants to take what has been a local conversation about green construction to the national level. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Design, Architecture, Green, PopTech 2010, Sustainability, Community
2009 PopTech Fellow Jason Aramburu launched re:char in 2005 to develop low-cost technologies that fight climate change while improving the quality of degraded soils. re:char's systems convert agricultural waste into renewable fuel and into biochar, sequestering atmospheric carbon and improving soil quality. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Energy, Technology, Fellows, Climate, Biology, Social Innovation Fellows 2009,...
Laura Stachel and Hal Aronson founded WE CARE Solar, which designs solar-powered systems to meet essential maternity care needs. These portable, suitcase-sized systems are immediately operational and expandable. Powering lighting and communication equipment, they enable timely and appropriate emergency care for mothers and infants. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Energy, Fellows, Social Innovation Fellows 2010, Health, Africa, PopTech 2010,...
Learn how Anushka Ratnayake is using mobile technology to help poor farmers easily save money for seed and fertilizer. "We create agricultural layaway plans to help farmers use their money efficiently." Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, agriculture, finance, PopTech 2013, Social Innovation Fellows 2013
Breakthrough artist Shantell Martin invites viewers on a tour of her unique, flowing, ever-evolving style, expressed lately through just a simple black pen. "I don't know where the pen is going. The pen is going and I am just following." Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Art, PopTech 2013
What causes African girls to miss up to 1.5 months of school each year? By providing access to sanitary pads, ZanaAfrica, founded by Megan Mukuria, is giving girls the freedom and self-confidence to stay in school, while also connecting the community of young women through an online forum that allows them to share information via social media. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Society, PopTech 2011, Health, Culture, Education, Fellows, Africa, Community,...
Vijay Anand wants to eliminate corruption. That's why he co-founded the 5th Pillar, an organization dedicated to providing citizens with the tools to fight corruption. He's also launched one of India's most successful anti-corruption campaigns with the Zero Rupee Note, a bill that looks like currency but allows citizens to refuse bribery without fear. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Society, PopTech 2010, Psychology, Finance, Activism, Culture, Education, Human...
13-year old Aidan Dwyer designed a more efficient model for solar power by studying Fibonacci sequences. Today, his divides his time between junior high and collaborations with research organizations like the University of Madison's Resilience Research Center. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Energy, PopTech 2011, Science, Design, Engineering, DIY, Youth, Emerging Tech
Logan Richardson's alto saxophone compositions have been hailed by the Jazz Times as "incisive, multi-dimensional and remarkably flexible, wrapping and twisting phrases into unexpected origami shapes." At PopTech 2009, Richardson's improvisations muse on America at a critical crossroads. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Music, PopTech 2009, Culture
Bhagwan Chowdhry started Financial Access at Birth (FAB), which aims to give every child born in the world an initial deposit of $100 in an online bank account so the next generation would have access to financial services in a few decades. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Business, PopTech 2011, Economics, Development, Poverty, Design, DIY
Jesse Bloom has strong interests in evolution, infectious diseases and genetic engineering. By investigating protein evolution as a complex system, his research has implications for understanding viral evolution and the spread of disease. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Science, Health, Evolution, Big Systems, Shorts, Science Fellows 2010, Fellows,...
Emily Jacobi describes how her group, Digital Democracy, is using technology to improve local social and environmental projects, like assisting local efforts to document oil spills in Peru. "What are the possibilities of new technology to transform situations for some of the world's most marginalized groups?" Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Activism, PopTech 2013, Social Innovation Fellows 2013
Nathan Eagle is harnessing mobile phone data in emerging markets. He's launched txteagle, a program that enables the under-employed to earn money or phone credits by performing tasks on their cell phones. Through partnerships with over 220 mobile phone operators, txteagle is active in nearly 100 countries. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Technology, Africa, Mobile, Development, Business, PopTech 2010
PopTech president Leetha Filderman, former frog design president Doreen Lorenzo and Robert Fabricant sit down for an update on Project Masiluleke, an AIDS awareness and education campaign in South Africa. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Health, Education, HIV, Medicine, PopTech 2014, Social innovation
Neuroscientist and best-selling author David Eagleman introduces the concept of Possibilianism, a new philosophy that simultaneously embraces a scientific toolbox while exploring new, unconsidered uncertainties about the world around us. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Science, PopTech 2010, Psychology, Neuroscience, Mind
Vidir Reynisson, head of the National Commission of Icelandic Police, coordinates the country's response to natural disasters, including the infamous Eyjafjallajokull volcano, and oversees the country's search and rescue teams. Iceland has developed a nimble crisis management model. "With all disasters, with all crises, comes opportunity." Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Environment, Big systems, Conflict, Nationalism, PopTech Iceland 2012
Erika Block founded Local Orbit to connect local farmers with chefs, institutions and consumers. Her online platform provides marketing, sales, logistics and inventory management for food hubs, farmers, and community groups. The result is a scalable system that makes healthy, locally produced food both affordable and accessible to everyone. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Environment, PopTech 2011, Technology, Food, Agriculture, Community, Social...
Charlie Todd shares his hilarious improvisational projects that invite random New Yorkers to participate, like conducting an orchestra on a city sidewalk. "This is about me giving other people opportunities to express themselves." Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, PopTech 2013, Theater
David Agus envisions a new era of preventative medicine based on hard data about what really ails us, and that employs research, genetics and health care designed to stave off disease before it starts. "I want doctors to be more like weather forecasters and not biologists." Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Health, Medicine, PopTech 2012
Anab Jain talks about design in a future world of insect cyborgs, mass surveillance, DNA monetization and guerilla infrastructure. "This sort of speculative work explores the remarkable potential of technology and its new experiential aesthetics." Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Design, PopTech 2013, Technology
Director of MIT's SENSEable City Lab Carlo Ratti wondered if there was a way to create a small, inexpensive, scalable, self-organizing system to help remove the oil after the Gulf oil spill. He discusses the inception of Seaswarm, a fleet of low-cost oil-absorbing robots in his PopTech 2010 talk. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Environment, Ecology, Water, PopTech 2010, Innovation
Siddhartha Mukherjee's fascination with cancer is rooted not just in how to fight it, but in where it originated. Discovering almost nothing on the subject, the cancer physician and researcher wrote "Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer," that explores the history of the disease that causes one-quarter of all American deaths. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Science, PopTech 2010, Medicine, Health
Can gaming cure disease? By creating games like EteRNA for protein folding and nano-engineering, Adrien Treuille and his colleagues are outsourcing research, each week scoring and then synthesizing top players' work. By studying players' strategies, scientists can improve their computer modeling while also creating new ways to fight disease. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Science, PopTech 2011, Health, Fellows, Biology, Crowdsourcing, Science Fellows,...
Traditional crop insurance relies on farms visits, a proposition which doesn't add up for small farms. Kilimo Salama, run by Rose Goslinga, uses creative, low-cost methods, such as weather stations, to remotely determine whether drought conditions justify payout. Able to invest more at lower risk, Kenyan farmers are producing historic crop yields. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Business, PopTech 2011, Economics, Fellows, Africa, Entrepreneur, Innovation,...
For more than thirty years, Dr Dean Ornish has demonstrated the power of a healthy lifestyle as the best kind of preventive care. These choices, Ornish reveals, are can turn on" disease-preventing genes and "turn off" genes that promote illness. Dr. Ornish has published a number of best-selling books on the subject; the most recent is The Spectrum. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Health, Medicine, Food, Science, PopTech 2009
Graphic designer Nicholas Felton is obsessed with data. He knows how many songs he's listened to and how much it costs him per mile to fly. Felton visualizes these numerous details in personal "Annual Reports." At PopTech 2009, Felton examines what a weeklong-snapshot of New York Times' front pages reveals about America. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Technology, Design, Visualization, Data, PopTech 2009
Ashley Merryman has co-authored numerous articles about parenthood. Over the past two years, she and journalist Po Bronson have collaborated on an award-winning series of articles in New York Magazine. Their most recent work, a book titled NurtureShock, explores cutting edge research that challenges many familiar myths about how to best parent kids. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Society, Education, PopTech 2009, Journalism, Psychology
Can your social network make you fat? Affect your mood? Political scientist James H. Fowler reveals the dynamics of social networks, the invisible webs that connect each of us to the other. With Nicholas A. Christakis, Fowler recently coauthored, Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Society, Collaboration, Community, Internet, PopTech 2009
Fiction writer and memoirist Anthony Doerr is the author of three books, The Shell Collector, About Grace, and Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World. Here, the award-winning writer shares a story about how networked technologies can alienate us from nature and the things that matter most. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Entertainment, Technology, Literature, Internet, Climate, PopTech 2009
Asenath Andrews founded the Catherine Ferguson Academy, an alternative public high school in Detroit for teen mothers that also provides early education services for their children. The school blends an innovative curriculum with urban farming and a healthy dose of high expectations. "If I expect that you are going to have a future, then you expect it." Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Education, Food, PopTech 2012, Sustainability, Women
Sandro Galea is a doctor and epidemiologist who has researched the role of traumatic events in shaping population health; particularly the health of urban populations. "Ninety percent of people in this country will have a traumatic event in their lifetime." Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Health, PopTech 2012, PTSD, Resilience
Esther Duflo, MIT economist and co-founder of the Poverty Action Lab, asks why the world's poorest people tend to stay poor. Duflo's pioneering research applies randomized trials, used extensively in drug discovery research, to development economics. What she discovers are strategies for transforming current approaches to development policy. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Society, Science, Development, Economics, Poverty, PopTech 2009